Mrtha Jane "Marty" Dellinger (1927 - 2018)

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Marty was born Martha Jane Ells of
German parents who both emigrated
from Russia in the late 1800's and
met in the melon fields of Sugar City
Colorado. Marty was born in a farmhouse
and delivered by her father and
a neighbor lady. She was one of 10
births, of which only 7 lived to adulthood.
Many years later she and her
siblings thought it would be a good
idea to have birth certificates created
after the fact.
Farming life was hard work with
many sacrifices. Being born at the
beginning of the Great Depression,
she often told the story of only having
beans to eat; breakfast, lunch and
dinner. Everyone worked on the farm,
old and young alike. It was a time
and place of kerosene lanterns for
light, wood and coal burning stoves
for cooking and heating and shared
bath water for the entire family with
tin wash basins instead of bath tubs.
This is where Marty learned and
taught her family the value of always
working hard, a great sense of humor,
family love and celebrating the good
things in life.
After leaving the
farm during WWII,
she started nursing
school but later
started working as a
secretary for insurance
companies.
She met Bill Dellinger
and quickly
fell in love with her
6' 4" Marine and
wed on August 19,
1947. They settled in
Aurora Colorado and
raised 3 children:
Buck, Dede and Denver. For a brief
time, from 1967 till 1974, lived in Dallas
Texas where they quickly found
many lifelong friends. After moving
back to Colorado they lived in Perry
Park for 19 years while she worked at
Safeway in Castle Rock and retired in
1993. Marty and Bill then moved to
Wolhurst Village in Littleton Colorado
where they lived for 21 years.
Marty eventually moved to Brookside
Inn in Castle Rock where she was a
favorite resident. Her bright eyes,
great smile and "giggles" brightened
up everyone's day as it did for everyone
her entire life.
In addition to falling
in love with Bill,
Marty also fell in love
with the lifestyle he
introduced her to
of the outdoors and
fishing in the wilderness.
Every summer
weekend, and
long vacations from
Dallas, would find
them in the Northern
Colorado Mountains
along with their children
and grandchildren and many
friends all enjoying the experience
and each other. Marty loved to cook
on the open camp fire and would
serve outstanding full course meals,
often bragging about being able to
handle hot skillets with her bare
hands, an ability she developed on
the coal burning cook stoves from her
farm life.
Marty was always busy with her
gardening, women's club, camping
trips, attending family gatherings
and attending Foothills Bible Church
where she was baptized in 2009. After
retirement from Safeway she continued
to work part time well into her 80"s
instructing water aerobics and taking
care of "little old ladies" although she
never considered herself one. In 2007
she was had her wish fulfilled for her
80th birthday when her children took
her floating down the Gunnison River
and later camping and cooking around
the campfire in the high country.
Marty is preceded in death by her
husband Bill (August 1998) and her son
Denver (April 2018). She is survived
by her brother Benny Ells, sister Ester
Morse, son Buck (Connie), daughter
Dede (Leonard) Shackell, grandchildren
Jennifer Dellinger, MR Dellinger,
Amanda Dellinger, Tara Shackell and
Ryan Smith.
The family has planned a Celebration
of Marty's life at the home of Buck and
Connie Dellinger, 5436 S. Laredo St.,
Centennial, CO 80015 on August 26th
at 3pm. Light food will be served.
In lieu of flowers donations can be
made to Brookside Inn, Activities
Department, 1297 S Perry Street, Castle
Rock, CO 80104 in memory of Marty
Dellinger
Published in Colorado Community Newspapers from Aug. 23 to Sept. 22, 2018
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